Thursday, June 10, 2010

"Paper Pregnant"

I feel pregnant and I LOVE it! I wake up thinking about our baby and go to sleep thinking about our baby. I have no physical reminder of my pregnancy, but I believe God is giving me reminders daily of the precious child that He will bless us with. You know that instinct to hold your belly when your pregnant? We do it before we even have a baby bump. I was constantly touching my belly and patting my babies. This time around I find myself reaching for my heart instead of my stomach. When I think of our baby, talk about him/her, or read anything pertaining to orphans or Ethiopia, I immediately reach for my heart. I do this not only because my heart literally breaks the more I learn about what these precious children have to endure, but also because I believe the Lord is growing this child in my heart. I am longing for the day when I can feel, touch and kiss on our child. But until then I will continue to pray for and pursue him/her with pen and paper, and take great delight in the moments that God gives me when I can "feel" our baby stirring in my heart!

I am going to leave you with a few statistics about the orphans in Ethiopia. These numbers are "heart grabbers" for me. I wish I could think of a great segue into this, but I can't. So, I will give you the hard facts and pray that the Lord blesses it.

In Ethiopia:
- there are 5 million orphans
- 1 out of 20 children born alive die in their first month of life
- 1 out of 10 die before reaching their first birthday
- 1 out of 6 die before their fifth birthday
- 1/3 of the population survives on less than 1 USD a day
- Ethiopia ranks 30th in the world in under-five mortality rate
- only 24% of households have access to safe drinking water

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come for you." John 14:18

Friday, June 4, 2010

Bring on the paperwork!

We received our approval from AWAA today- woohoo! It all seems so real now. We even got our first stack of paperwork and I have loved organizing, signing and hole-punching all of it! I know, I'm weird. This part of the process is estimated to take 4-6 months. Once we have completed everything and it has been approved, we will be put on the wait list for our sweet baby. Please continue to pray for our family and all of the children waiting for their forever families.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

shout-out to my sis

My sister, Laura, and I started our own business, Written On Your Heart, back in January. A few weeks ago she suggested that all of our profits be used to help pay for our adoption. This is so generous, especially considering she does just about all of the work. We are overwhelmed and so grateful! We are working on creating an adoption/orphan specific canvas. If you have any ideas or scriptures please let us now. In the meantime, check out our blog, woyheart.blogspot.com, and see what we are doing.